Review: Indoctrination #1

indoc_01_cover_final-01How do you kill an idea? Across the dusty plains of America’s southwest, a deadly storm is brewing. A string of murders portend the sinister designs of an infamous terrorist to bring about the end times. Two FBI agents have heeded the signs, and only their rogue actions, aided by a potentially untrustworthy expatriate with deep ties to the terrorist, can push this darkness back. Indoctrination explores America’s terrifying underbelly-of death cults and sleeper cells, serial killers and apocalyptic nightmares.

Take the X-Files, mix in characters that feel like they’d be more comfortable in Se7en, and add cults, and I feel like you’ve got Indoctrination, written by Michael Moreci. Matt Battaglia joins Moreci on art, and the two together kick off this new series that attempts to go a bit deeper than bad guys doing things.

What I like about Indoctrination is that it starts with the familiar and uses that to dive into more, and deeper, discussion, especially when it comes to one’s motivation. This is a dive into the mind of the crazy person, Silence of the Lambs, but terrorism. That attempt to give us a bit more than “they hate us” for motivation is partially what makes this first issue stand out. Not everything is completely clear, but it’s a solid start that brings us into this world that feels familiar, but slightly off at the same time (like a horror story).

There is some oddness such as a short essay by Matt Kibbe, a Libertarian that attempts to explain some of the series concepts, while only focusing on the evil committed by “some” individuals. It’s an interesting read, but definitely has problems in how it’s presented. It focuses on blaming extremists in Islam, while overlooking crimes committed by Christians for instance. There’s also some irony in railing against indoctrination, which is in itself a type of indoctrination…

What also makes this stand out is Battaglia’s art which really fits the feel of it all. The dirty and scratchy look of it fits the vibe of the series and is what I’d expect from a solid noir/crime comic. The art shouldn’t feel polished, and in this case it reflects the madness within.

The first issue is a solid start. There’s some slight issues, the essay in the end as an example. But, overall, the comic is a beginning that has me wanting to come back for more. This is a series that wants you to explore ideas and think about them. So far it’s set things up, where it goes will be interesting.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Matt Battaglia
Story: 8.05 Art: 8 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Z2 Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review